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I am stuck for several hours now because I don't know if I need to use has or have in the phrases below...

My first article has been published

My first article have been published

And

My dream has become a reality

My dream have become a reality

Can someone also explain why I should use has or have in this case...?

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    It's very strange that all 3 answers below, which were correct, were downvoted. I upvoted each of them to bring their scores back to 0. – CreatedByBrett Sep 17 '18 at 16:53
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    @CreatedByBrett It was likely an example of "drive-by voting," where somebody didn't like the question so they downvoted all of the answers too. – Jason Bassford Sep 17 '18 at 19:51
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In each case the first sentence is correct, because the noun is in the singular:

My first article has been published

My dream has become a reality

The second of each is correct when the noun is in the plural:

My first articles have been published

My dreams have become reality

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My first article has been published. is correct. The verb has must follow a singular noun phrase which is My first article in this case. Same is the case for My dream has become a reality. which is correct. Other two are not correct, and could be corrected as follow;

My first articles have been published.

My dreams have become a reality.

The verb have must follow a plural noun phrase.

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The verb (has/have) applies to the subject. In this case, "My" is not the subject, but instead "My first article" or "My dream". Both of those are singular, so you would use "has".

My first article has been published.
My first articles have been published.
My dream has become a reality.
My dreams have become reality.

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